AC Transit union votes on contract
Nearly 2,000 AC Transit bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical workers and others voted Friday on their third labor agreement in six months.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 members rejected the past two deals between union negotiators and the transit agency, reportedly over provisions that required them to pay more for their pensions and health insurance.
Details of the third tentative agreement reached last week have not been publicly released.
Voting was scheduled to take place in multiple locations through early evening. The union did not say when it will announce the results.
-- Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Staff
Spare the Air alert called for Saturday
The string of Bay Area burn bans will continue Saturday for a sixth consecutive day, air quality officials announced Friday.
The Spare the Air alert, the 21st since the season began Nov. 1, prohibits burning wood, manufactured fire logs or solid fuels either indoors or outdoors for 24 hours, including in fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves or fire pits.
First-time violators may be subject to a $100 fine or be given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class. Subsequent violations will result in fines of $500 or more.
According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the continued alerts are the result of a high pressure system trapping fine particulate matter in the region, making the air polluted and unhealthy.
The winter Spare the Air season extends until Feb. 28.
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff
Robbery suspect turned in by relative
Police arrested a robbery suspect after one of his relatives hauled him to the police station upon seeing surveillance photos of him on local newscasts.
John Millohollin, 23, of Richmond, was arrested on suspicion of robbery Friday.
The robbery occurred around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 after the suspect followed the female victim on foot in the 400 block of Kearney Street, according to police.
Police said the suspect approached, grabbed the woman's purse from her shoulder and began to flee on foot.
The woman then pulled out a pot she had just purchased and used it to strike the man in the upper body in an attempt to get her purse back, but the suspect wrenched the bag away and fled, according to police.
Surveillance cameras from a nearby business captured images of the suspect. Within hours of the images' broadcast on local television, police said, Millohollin's relatives recognized him, and one family member brought him to police.
-- Matthew Artz, Staff
Man fatally shot outside school
An unidentified man was fatally shot Friday morning while driving a car in West Oakland.
The man was shot about 11:15 a.m. inside the moving Chevrolet, which crashed into a light pole outside Prescott Elementary School, authorities said. The school, at 920 Campbell St., was not in session when the shooting occurred. Police did not immediately have a motive for the shooting, and no arrests have been made. It was not known if the man was shot by someone standing on the street or from another vehicle.
Streets surrounding the elementary school were blocked off while police invested. The shooting marks the 87th homicide of the year in Oakland.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Fire vehicle, car crash at intersection
An Alameda County Fire Department vehicle on an emergency call collided with a car Thursday afternoon, sending both drivers to the hospital, police said.
The Fire Department's SUV had its emergency lights and siren on when it collided with a Toyota Corolla just before 5 p.m. at Paseo Padre Parkway and Decoto Road, police Sgt. Mark Dang said. The male battalion chief who was driving the SUV and the female driver of the Toyota were treated and released, he said.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Power outage affects 11,560 PG&E users
More than 11,000 PG&E customers lost power in Walnut Creek and Lafayette on Friday morning, a spokesman for the utility said.
PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said the outage began at 7:43 a.m. and affected 11,560 customers in Walnut Creek and Lafayette.
Crews restored power to more than 3,000 customers by 8:30 a.m., but 8,460 had longer to wait until full service was restored, Guidi said.
The cause of the outage is under investigation, Guidi said.
-- Wire report